July 11, 1959: Richard Steven Sambora is born in Perth Amboy, NJ. You know him, of course, as Richie Sambora, lead guitarist for Bon Jovi from their inception in 1983 through his departure in 2013. Here he is out in front of the band for a song at the Garden back in 2011.
July 11, 1965: Scott Gardner Shriner is born in Toledo, OH. He took up the bass guitar in high school, put it down for a spell to join the Marines, then picked it back up again at the age of 25, which led to his joining Weezer in 2001. If you do the math, Scott Shriner has been the band’s bassist for over two decades, which makes him Weezer’s longest-tenured bass player. Here he is on stage at Boston Calling last May covering Nirvana’s “Lithium.”
July 11, 1995: 311 releases their self-titled third album, better known as the Blue Album. This was the band’s breakthrough release, chock-full of charting singles like “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” and what I believe to be an Top 5 all-time entry in the 311 discography, “Don’t Stay Home.”
July 11, 2003: Pearl Jam wraps up the last of three dates at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA, aka the “No Repeats” shows. The band had originally booked dates at the shed on July 2 and 3. After the July 2 show they realized that, if they added a third show and squeezed in an acoustic set opening for themselves, they could play their entire catalog at the time without repeating a song. And, technically, they did. I was at the show and the setlist was incredible.
July 11, 2014: Thomas Erdelyi passed away at the age of 65. You know him best as Tommy Ramone, the drummer of the Ramones for their formative first four years as a band. Let’s honor the legend by going back to The Orpheum in Boston for the Rocket to Russia Tour, 1977.
Today in Boston ROCK: June 21
June 21, 1950: Joseph Michael Kramer is born in the Bronx. Thankfully, Joey Kramer made his way to Boston as a youth, studying at Berklee College of Music, and eventually joining Aerosmith as their drummer. Fun fact: Kramer coined the name for the band two years before the band even existed.
June 21, 1985: Mötley Crüe releases their third full-length album, Theatre of Pain. It shares a release date–five years removed–with a band they’re touring with this summer.
June 21, 1990: Poison drops their third album, Flesh & Blood. Catch them both this summer, alongside Joan Jett and Def Leppard for the Stadium Tour at Fenway Park. Hopefully the bands will have their sets a little tighter by then.